So we got trippin’ and trappin’ early to the DBS Arts Centre on Saturday and were all set to catch SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the latest and final addition to the trio series by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Having had a preview of part of the rehearsal, we could not wait to come back to watch this brand new production!
As we entered the theatre, Wey exclaimed, “Hey Mama, look it’s the same as what we saw last week!” He was of course referring to the miniature mock-up of the stage set that Director Anthony Drewe had so kindly (and bravely, might I add) shown the kids during our short preview session.
Here before us, was the life size set and Wey was undoubtedly impressed and excited and I was amazed too! It was beautiful and we noticed the stones had ears, noses and faces too! Can you spot them? Find out why they are there, when you watch it 🙂
Is the grass really greener on the other side of the bridge? Well, SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Baby, Middle and Big, certainly think so! And so, begins their daredevil efforts to cross the bridge to greener pastures, without being eaten by the dreadful Troll of course!
As the theatre lights dimmed and the catchy music came on, I could almost hear the squeals of delight of the children as The Three Billy Goats Gruff- Baby, Medium and Big made their appearance.
Oh how the three entertained everyone with their energetic singing and rapping, “We’re Big, Medium and Baby, large, medium and small… all for one and one for all… with horns that make us look tall! … We’re the Billy Goats, We’re the Billy Goats, We’re the Billy Goats Gruff!” By the end of their lively rendition, my son was cheering wildly for them!
Wey’s favourite was Big (Benjamin Wong) because “he’s so strong and big!” I suspect it was also because Big turns out later to be the hero of the show and finally thinks of a way to outwit the rather dim-witted Troll as he stands up bravely against him.
Adding quite some colour to the play was the goats’ rather silly, rather forgetful, rather pink, rather frilly owner caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly (Cheryl Tan). Tan’s portrayal was slapstick funny and the young ones giggled and laughed at her silliness.
So what’s under the Bridge that separates the goats from those awesome ‘greener’ pastures? A bowl? A bread roll? haha… nope, it’s the greedy dreadful Troll who loves to eat goats (not kids! Oh really! haha)!
The appearance of the Troll (Benjamin Chow, who also plays Frilly’s Daddy, Mr Bo), brought a tensed moment for some but everyone soon forgot any fears they had and remained enthralled by the story and the catchy music. We laughed at his songs that included a very yummy gourmet menu of Soup Kambing! hahaa… In fact, I’d picked the Troll as my favourite character in the story and felt almost sad when he was outsmarted in the end.
Now, did I mention before that the songs were catchy and fun and filled with country rock goodness? Well, our trio K, Wey and R were having a great time ‘rocking and trolling’ to the beat of the music in between lots of giggles and laughter. Our favourites were definitely the opening number “We’re Big, Middle and Baby” and “The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence”.
Will Baby, Middle and Big escape the dreadful Troll? And if they do, what will they find once they cross over the bridge? Find out how the Goats outsmart the Troll and make it safe for everyone to use the bridge forever… but then maybe they won’t need to use the bridge in the end because there’s nowhere quite like home and yeah… the grass is NOT always greener on the other side 🙂
Aside from all the singing, laughter and fun, I think the play brought home the point that we need to be contented with what we have. In this age of abundance, how often have we still continued to crave for more and wanting things that others have? I thought it was a very timely reminder for the adults and a great teachable moment for us to impart the values of being contented to the young ones.
So have fun trippin’ n trappin’ to the DBS Arts Centre to watch this cleverly fun musical that will have your whole family laughing out loud. We sure had our share of giggles and laughter today!
[Edited 10 Apr 15]
In the meantime, we are happy to share that SRT has kindly sponsored a pair of tickets to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff on 12 April 2015, 2pm. Click here to take part in the Giveaway which ends on 9 April 11.59pm.
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We received tickets to catch this brilliantly fun musical for the purpose of this review. All opinions, as always, remain our own.
About SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff
When: 2 Apr to 10 May 2015 Mon – Fri : 10am Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
Where: DBS Arts Centre- Home of SRT
Who: 2 year olds and above
Duration: 50 minutes with no interval
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
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